Erin + Matt's Stunning Country Wedding

Mixing it up in the Countryside: Cocktail and Sit-Down (Share Plates) Wedding Catering


It was all in the details for this beautiful romantic garden wedding. Erin and Matt were a delight to work with. We couldn’t help but share more details about their beautiful wedding. White Magazine recently published a blog article about their wedding too, which you can read here. The amazing photography skills of Jess from Brown Paper Parcel get us every time.

Given we are a mobile caterer, with a food van in tow, this allows us to pop up and do classy wedding catering for a country wedding, romantic garden wedding, backyard wedding or other DIY wedding styled event. This can reduce a lot of the stresses associated with a destination country wedding. We offer a no fuss full catering experience no matter what the venue or location - as long as it is somewhere in Melbourne or anywhere in Victoria (we haven’t quite crossed the state border with the van yet).

Erin was such an organised and relaxed bride. She brought so much creativity and thought to planning her big day and it shone through on the day and into the evening. We were thrilled to cater their Melbourne wedding, serving a selection of canapés from our Fancy Cocktail Menu to start and some delicious slow-cooked meats and tasty sides from our Wedding Share Plates menu, to their 100+ family and friends.

Share plates, otherwise referred to as grazing table platters, work beautifully for a more informal sit-down wedding. This style of wedding catering provides you with the best of both worlds. It is priced similarly to cocktail style wedding catering (canapés) and does not skimp on generosity, and of course, allows your guests the opportunity to relax, mingle and thoroughly enjoy their meal.

It’s easy to see why wedding share plates / grazing tables are a really popular wedding catering choice. We all know that sharing a meal with friends and family promotes a great atmosphere. Just like dinner parties with close friends – sharing food in good company creates a relaxed, happy, chatty, communal vibe. That’s why we decided to focus on offering share plates as our main wedding catering option. We love to see guests in full conversation and delight in their meal and the couple they are all their to celebrate.

We collaborated with Erin and Matt to make sure the menu suited exactly what they wanted. This of course involved chatting back and forth over email and phone. We also hosted a tasting for them, to assist in narrowing down some of their options. From there, we decided that canapés just after the ceremony would work well – allowing guests to take in the beautiful countryside and have a few champagnes post-ceremony whilst they went and got their couple’y shots done. This worked beautifully. We had wonderful waitresses serving, which made the whole thing a breeze.

For canapés, we served the following from our Fancy Cocktail menu:

  • Roasted pumpkin tartine with chilli oil and fetta
  • Prawn brioche rolls
  • Pulled pork sliders
  • Slow roasted eggplant pita parcels

Following canapés, guests headed inside to the amazingly transformed ‘tin shed’ (as Erin called it), for speeches prior to us serving dinner. As you can see, Erin’s attention to detail was above and beyond. It’s hard to believe a professional wedding stylist wasn’t involved!

Just as speeches were wrapping up, we snuck in and served our plated mains.

For mains we served (from our Wedding Share Plates menu):

  • Pulled lamb leg with salsa verde
  • Spiced roast chicken with yoghurt and tahini sauce
  • Beetroot salad with an abundance of fresh herbs and seeds
  • Cypriot grain salad with cumin and honey yoghurt
  • Green bean and potato salad with herbed mustard dressing

Top Cat and Head Chef Adrian, along with Erin and Matt’s input, designed this menu to be slightly left of field, gorgeously presentable, flavour packed and familiar enough that everyone at the wedding could appreciate their meals.

So if you’re planning your location wedding in Melbourne, the greater Melbourne region or anywhere across Victoria, hit us up! We'd love to work with you. 


NYE 2016 Recap: Camp Nong Festival


NYE 2016 Recap: Camp Nong Festival

We had an absolute blast catering our favourite Melbourne NYE festival - Camp Nong.

We've been providing food van catering for these fellas since they started the festival a few years back and we're super stoked they keep inviting us back! This most recent new years, we catered for 400+ festival goers, serving them a hearty shared meal of 6 salads (salads at a festival? I did say they were hearty yeah?) Here's what we served:

  • Seedy, herby beetroot salad
  • Carrot with harissa salad
  • Garlicky sesame cured broccoli salad
  • Pho noodle salad
  • Cauliflower tabouleh
  • Santa Fe quinoa with black beans

The kids loved em! And we had a blast serving these guys (and dancing with them afterwards). 

Nong on! (as they say).



Wedding Catering Melbourne and Surrounds


The wedding season has started a little later for us here at Fat Cats food van and fancy catering, with heaps of wedding catering coming up across Melbourne in February and March 2017. This is where we really get to put the fancy in fancy catering. We're also taking the van out for a spin for most of these super cool Melbourne weddings. We are so excited to be catering these events and look forward to bringing you a series of blog posts about them. 

If you're looking into having Fat Cats cater your Melbourne wedding, we suggest first checking out our fancy cocktailfancier cocktail and wedding shared plates menus for some inspo. We've also served our taco feast at engagement and weddings and it's super yum and fun. Then, get in touch with Top Cat Adrian for a purely personalised approach. It's Adrian's mission to make sure you have a menu that is just right for you and your budget - and one that will knock the tastebuds off your guests! (in the best way possible). We also love to travel so if you're planning an out of town wedding or event, Fat Cats provide wedding and other event catering to the wider Melbourne region - the van just loves getting on the road.